06/30/15 11:49am
Wegmans Dulles

Wegmans Dulles by _BuBBy_, on Flickr

Wegmans Food Market stores in Maryland and Virginia are holding a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs. Customers are invited to help “Fill the Bus” by donating items that provide healthy meals for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school. The food drive runs through July 4.

Customer service desks at the 14 participating stores have posted wish lists of non-perishable items that are intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Products to donate will also be displayed by the registers and can be purchased at checkout and then placed in the “Fill the Bus” collection bin located by the front of the store.

“The summer months are an especially challenging time for food banks because there’s an increased need for meals when children are home from school. These donations will help meet that critical need and reduce hunger in local neighborhoods,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy.

Donations are being collected and transported to the food banks that partner with each store, remaining in the immediate community. The food drive at the new Alexandria-area Wegmans benefits the Capital Area Food Bank.

06/30/15 10:44am

Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 & Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Doggy Happy Hour is held in the hotel courtyard on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 PM, from April through October. Complimentary doggy treats and fresh water keep our canine friends happy, while Jackson 20’s Bar Menu ensures a fun gathering for all.

For more information on this event, click this link. For more things to do in Alexandria, Virginia today, visit our calendar.

06/30/15 10:37am

Photo from the Alexandria Aces dugout area during the 2014 home opener at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria Aces will play the second of four home games this week (three in a row) tonight as the Bethesda Big Train come to Frank Mann Field in Alexandria, Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The Aces play decent baseball for a GREAT price! for more things to do in Alexandria, Virginia today, visit our calendar.

Via the game preview

Things are going from bad to worse for the Aces right now.

Losers of four straight, the Aces (7-12) will play the Big Train (18-3) tonight for the second time in three days, with the Redbirds on the horizon. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. but if fans cannot make it, they can tune in to Aces Radio or follow the Aces on Twitter.

The same problems continue to plague this team. Offensively, the Aces only plated two runs last night in the first eight innings. A small ninth-inning rally scored three more to cut the lead to just three runs, but the magic ran out too soon. Defensively, the Aces have committed 12 errors over the last five games and haven’t had an error-free game since June 19th, an eight game stretch.

Read more at this link.

06/30/15 10:27am

Starbucks - 2040 Jamieson Ave in Carlyle section of Alexandria, VA

DC Sweet Potato Cake recently announced they are headed into 283 Starbucks in the DMV (District, Maryland, & Virginia).

If you haven’t tried their cakes (or cupcakes) yet, they are spectacular and regular Starbucks customers like me are in for a treat. I am partial to the Chocolate Sweet Potato cake. Have you tried them? What is your favorite item from the menu?

(H/T Kendoll Ann)

06/30/15 10:09am

FireFlies Del Ray
Fireflies, located at 1501 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria Virginia is looking for servers for their cool joint. See the notice below.

06/30/15 10:00am

King Street Blues
Dine out at King Street Blues, located at 112 N. Saint Asaph Street in Alexandria, Virginia, TODAY (Tuesday, June 30) from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, to benefit Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA). Let your server know you are there for the Archaeology Blues Benefit and a percentage of your check with be donated to FOAA.

Contact Whitney Stohr for more information.

(Flickr Pool photo by Mark Fischer, on Flickr)

06/30/15 9:48am

We have a BIG thing to announce today.

We’re launching a podcast next Thursday, July 9.

This is no ordinary local podcast. I plan shaking things up and taking a different approach from other shows.

You’ll get to hear what I mean starting next week. We’ll be releasing a brand new episode each Thursday of the week. There will be weekly guests.

But, I can’t do it without your help. Please let me know any topics you’d like me to cover in the week’s ahead. Let me know in the comments below or via the contact me form.

Thank you readers!